MEET THE TEAM

SAMANTHA THOMPSON

Dance Teacher and Principal

I began dancing at a young age and have been dancing for 30 years taking part in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz and Contemporary classes. I continued my training at De Montfort University where I studied for a degree in Dance and gained a BA hons. After completing my degree I went on to study for a Post Graduate Certificate in Education also in Dance and have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Along with this I am a registered member and teacher of British Theatre Dance Association (BTDA) and have achieved examinations in Ballet, Tap, Modern/Jazz up to and including advanced level and for my final teaching assessment I gained 96%. I have been teaching this syllabus for approximately 15 years, this involves preparing and entering students for graded exams in the BTDA syllabus and choreographing and teaching dance for annual showcases. It is through this work that I have been involved in many dance shows both on and off stage. I work as a freelance dance teacher and choreographer working with local primary schools and nurseries. I have also taught dance in secondary schools delivering GCSE Dance and Alevel Performing Arts.

I am very passionate about dancing and enjoy sharing this with others when teaching. I have lots of experience working with children of all ages right through to adults. I have been involved in pantomimes (both dancing on stage and choreographing), charity events including an event for Wayne Sleep, I have previously danced with Addict Dance Company Leicester. Through Stars on Stage I have been involved in performances at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London, The Cresset in Peterborough and our annual showcases are held each year. 

 

"I feel strongly about the value that dance offers students; I believe that it develops and enhances rhythm, musicality, co-ordination, balance, body and spatial awareness. It is a great way of building social skills, modifying behaviour and developing people awareness."

DANIELLE GITTINS

Dance Teacher

My name is Danielle and I teach Urban dance and at the holiday workshops, I also work as a childminding assistant.

Dance is my passion, I started dance classes with Stars on Stage when I was in Primary School, took GCSE Dance and then went on to study dance further at college where I gained a BTEC level 3 in Dance after two years training. I have performed at many different venues, one of my favourite was Her Majesty's Theatre, London. 

ALICE GRAY

Teaching assistant

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